As promised, here is a tour of our completed-for-now living room. There are some things I want to change, but as of now, they are waaaaay down on the list. Number One, the fireplace:
Overpowering, isn’t it? Even next to our large, curved sectional sofa.
It’s also not a bungalow fireplace. A bungalow fireplace is much more understated: some simple tile around the hearth, flanked by bookshelves, and a solid, unadorned mantle.
The PO had this installed. While many, if not most, Chicago-style bungalows have a fake fireplace, according to the PO there was nothing here even though the wall recesses a foot or so.
However I do enjoy having a fireplace, and it works well. It’s a gas-start, wood-burning fireplace with a blower to circulate heat in the room. When we had our energy audit, the fireplace proved to be pretty efficient, especially as far as fireplaces go.
I would just love to tear that stone façade out and recess the firebox a bit so that it doesn’t jut so far into the room. It really causes some furniture arrangement problems.
Maybe one day, but not now. Moving on, the view from the dining room (the fireplace would be on your left):
I love our curved sofa it fits nicely in the bay. We purchased it from Room & Board, however the last time I checked they no longer sell it (it was called Powell Sectional Sofa). Too bad, but I guess it wasn’t a big seller because of the shape.
The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s low-VOC Aura paint, flat finish: Azores (AF-495). The ceiling color is the same as the dining room: Honeymoon (AF-345). I’m usually not into the blues, but this is a teal blue (or green) that goes well with our art glass windows. I chose a color that would bring out the colors in the windows as much as possible, and I’m really happy with the result.
Since it’s a transition room, I painted the foyer in a neutral color, Shenandoah Taupe, AC-36 (also Benjamin Moore). Our attic staircase is currently this color, and eventually I’ll paint our hallway the same color. I’m using the neutral color to kind of “cleanse the palette” before moving into a new space.
Unfortunately the front door was replaced at some point. It’s still a solid wood door, in the Grover style according to the beautiful product line at Crestview Doors. (I always enjoyed reading their houseblog, Erwin House, and it’s great to see that they’ve launched a successful business catering to other house aficionados!)
One of our neighbors across the street has the same door, however another neighbor definitely has the original style, so I’m sure ours was replaced at some point I would guess sometime after WWII. Another thing I’d like to replace at some point.
Later I’ll talk about some of the pieces we have in the room. Some are pretty interesting (at least I think so; hopefully you will too).